Djokovic poses with the national flag, proper, in Australia

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From: Steven Schmid


Novak Djokovic, left, proper, in Adelaide with the national flag. On the proper, drunken followers upset the Serbs at the Australian Open. © Collage: Stefan Schmid, left picture: Twitter/@brezaleksandar, proper picture: IMAGO/Shutterstock

Novak Djokovic acquired his followers throughout the second spherical of the Australian Open. Just a few days later, he was photographed with a right-wing flag.

Melbourne/Adelaide – Novak Djokovic defeated Frenchman Enzo Quacaud in the second spherical of the Australian Open to advance to the third spherical of the event. But the courtside incident, which the Serbian tennis participant has complained about, has made headlines far past sporting occasions. Just a few days earlier, Djokovic performed at the Adelaide International, a a lot smaller event. Perhaps as a result of the vital lower in the quantity of media there, Djokovic’s selfie with the right-wing national flag in the background remained undiscovered for a very long time.

Australian Open: Djokovic chases drunk followers

When it involves sports activities, virtually every little thing went easily for Novak Djokovic in the second spherical of the Australian Open. Despite dropping a set in the event, the Serbian managed to defeat Enzo Quakod 6:1, 6:7 (5:7), 6:2, 6:0. Djokovic’s pink and white “Where’s Walter?” had many issues with teams of drunken spectators who have been accountable for many fights with their garments.

Infamously, Djokovic complained to the umpire in the fourth set and demanded that the agitated spectators be kicked off the court docket. “The boy is totally drunk, he wished to make me offended from the first second. He will not be right here to look at tennis. He simply needs to get into my head,” stated the 21-time Grand Slam winner. Soon the Serb’s request was fulfilled and the drunken spectators have been escorted out by the stewards.

After profitable the Adelaide International: Djokovic, proper, poses with the national flag

Compared to what Djokovic did on January eighth, alcoholics should seem like saints. The 35-year-old additionally managed to safe the title towards American Sebastian Korda in the last of the first week of the worldwide event in Adelaide. After the award ceremony and away from the journalists’ cameras, there was actual pleasure: Djokovic took a selfie with followers who offered the flag of the Serbian Chetnik. The photograph was shared on Twitter by journalist Alexandre Brezar, however to date it has not acquired a lot consideration.

The Chetniks have been primarily a Balkan militia group devoted to Serbian nationalism and led by Dragoljub Mihajlovic throughout World War II. dedicated a number of battle crimes towards civilians. During the Yugoslav wars in the Nineteen Nineties, the Chetnik title and symbols have been once more utilized by Serbian outlaws. Among them are those that later needed to reply for the genocide. Not solely traditionally, but additionally in right now’s context, the flag represents the nationalist Great Serbian Empire.

Djokovic poses with the lettering of the nationalist Greater Serbia

On the flag Djokovic is holding, you possibly can see two letters representing the coat of arms of recent Serbia. Today’s coat of arms differs from the unique Chetnik flag, which includes a cranium and crossbones, very harking back to the National Socialist Waffen SS. The inscription, on the different hand, is the similar as on the “unique” flags, however there are additionally two totally different variations.

Novak Djokovic stands in front of a right-wing Chetnik flag.
Novak Djokovic stands in entrance of a right-wing Chetnik flag. © Twitter/@brezaleksandar

At the high of the photograph with Djokovic is the inscription “Faith in God” in Cyrillic, and “For the King and Motherland” under the coat of arms. For completeness, it ought to be famous that there are totally different variations of the flag, in which one letter is changed by the phrase “Liberty or dying”.

The images reveal the authenticity of the explosive Djokovic selfie

Of course, the printed photograph could also be faux or faux. But totally different indicators counsel an unique conclusion. The yellow roof (proven in the higher left nook of the photograph under) and the black wall construction behind Djokovic are constant with what occurred at the Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide, the place Djokovic met Sebastian Korda on January 8. Meanwhile, Djokovic wore the similar pink sweater to the awards ceremony in Adelaide.

Novak Djokovic at the medal ceremony at the Adelaide International Tournament on January 8 at the Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide.
Novak Djokovic at the medal ceremony at the Adelaide International Tournament on January 8 at the Memorial Drive Tennis Center in Adelaide. © Collage: Stefan Schmid, two pictures: IMAGO / AAP

This is not the first scandal the Serbian tennis participant has prompted with this photograph, nevertheless it ought to be affirmation for anybody who thinks Djokovic has right-wing nationalist views. The Serb, who was denied entry to Australia final yr, might quickly remorse his efficiency Down Under. (sh)

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